Much to the delight of local residents, as of Saturday, May 3 the Farm Stores on North Royal Poinciana Boulevard is back in business selling milk, ice cream, bread, bags of ice and some new items.
The store now offers empañadas and a new item called tequeños, which are basically cheese sticks served warm in a cardboard cone with a variety of dipping sauces.
Wine and beer also are available, along with other staples at the popular drive-thru that has been in the same location for more than 40 years.
The store is now owned and operated by resident Tomas Martinez, who also will work there along with some family members.
“It took a month of hard work to get this place in shape,” Martinez said of the familiar little store that has been cleaned from top to bottom, repainted, and had the driveways repaved. “It used to be dark so I added lights to make it brighter at night.”
The Farm Stores, also know as La Vaquita (the little cow); will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Tomas will be assisted by his wife Yoli, son Daniel, daughter Mimi and her husband Oliver Pacheco.
“I’ve known this family for about 30 years,” said Councilman Michael Windrem. “It’s good that a staple business has been taken over by a longtime local family. Friendly faces are going to waiting on us. I try to always shop in Miami Springs.”
Martinez said, “I guarantee good service, good food and a friendly atmosphere.”